By the time Never Let Me Go was published in 2005, author Kazuo Ishiguro was already one of the most renowned and critically acclaimed British writers. He had previously received the Whitbread and the Booker Prize for earlier works, and his The Remains of the Day was adapted into a highly successful film.
Never Let Me Go addresses some contemporary issues. In 2001 and 2004, major legislation permitting stem-cell research was passed in the United States and the United Kingdom, raising questions about the role cloning ought to play in improving the health of “normal” humans. It also explores more timeless questions like childhood bullying and the role of sex in relationships.
Never Let Me Go was extremely well-received critically, and is included in the curriculum of many high-school and college courses. It was adapted into a film by Mark Romanek in 2010.